Hartlepool dancers in big demand after charity show

The performers at the charity ball. Pic: Paul Dobson Photography.
The performers at the charity ball. Pic: Paul Dobson Photography.

A dance school owner has told how she has taken extra bookings for her students after the success of their performance at a charity ball.

Performers from the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts, based in Hartlepool, provided the entertainment at the JDR Cables event.

And they were such a hit, it has led to other organisations asking for Debbie’s team to attend their events.

JDR, which has a base at Greenland Road, held its third annual ball at the Hardwick Hall hotel in Sedgefield.

The event saw £15,464 raised and the money will to go to Zoe’s Place which is a hospice that provides a home-from-home environment for babies and infants aged from birth to five years old.

A big success on the night was the dancers from Debbie’s academy.

Debbie, who had liaised with Mandy Marriner from JDR to put on the entertainment, explained how it had been such a positive event with a great result for her team.

“We got bookings through it all for events which are all around the world and we have booked to do this one again next year,” she said.

“It’s anything to help the kids and our children absolutely loved it. A wonderful night was had by all.”

Debbie said the dancers who performed at the ball were part of a squad of dancers at her academy which is called Team DB, working with Peter de Dee.

Zoe’s Place helps children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

A spokesman for the hospice said: “We were thrilled that JDR Cables elected us as their chosen charity for 2015 and to be involved with their annual charity ball was amazing.

“The hard work that the charity committee put into the ball was rewarded with one amazing night where everyone came together to have so much fun and raise an unbelievable amount for charity.

“Without companies like JDR Cables and the wonderful guests that supported the night we simply couldn’t help with babies and families that we do on a day-to-day basis.”

The night’s activities included a dinner, raffle, auction and entertainment from the Debbie Barrass students.

Mandy Marriner, sales and marketing administrator at JDR Cable Systems in Hartlepool, had praise for the performers and said: “Thank you so much to everyone that took part and made the evening such a success. It was our best yet.

“Save the date for next year’s ball which will be held on Friday, June 17.”